CTMH Australasian July Stamp Of The Month Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our July Stamp Of The Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 

If you have arrived here from Shauna’s Blog then you are in the right place. 

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s July Stamp of the Month.

This cute card is very easy to create. My friend Alison showed me a stamping technique using an eraser from the end of a pencil and dipping it into your ink pad and then first, second, third and even fourth generation stamping it. At times I added clear shimmer brush ink into the ink mix as well.

For the centre of this card I cut it out using one of our Heart Thin Cuts out of the inside cut out from the large Rectangle Stitched Thin Cut. The I used my pencil eraser and some Candy Apple Ink to create the imperect dots around the heart.

The cute Mumma bear and her cub are stamped onto a second piece of cardstock and placed behind the heart. This piece has then been raised off the card base with 3D foam. The sequins came from the Craft On Sequin pack.

Another way to do this technique is to use a heart cut out as a mask and the “stamp” the dots around the heart. In the card bellow I again got excited with the sequins from the Craft On pack, using a variety of the different blues.

This exclusive Stamp of The Month is only available during July. It can be yours for just $8.25 with a qualifying order of $82.50 or for $29.50 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant.

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Kara’s Blog.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting.

Danielle


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True Love Australasian Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our True Love Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 

If you have arrived here from
Doris’ Blog then you are in the right place. 

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s True Love Featured collection.

This layout was inspired by the “Make It From Your Heart” how-to-book. Vol 3. Pattern 13.

This layout was created with the left overs I had after making up the Workshop Your Way Kits. I love to make up the layouts in both the standard and deluxe kit. Plus I make the card kit as well. And then I have fun playing with the left overs to see what extra I can create.

And I almost always turn to one of the how-to books for inspiration. With this pattern I turned the left hand layout 90 degrees to the left so that I could have my stripes all going the same way – I had two pieces of striped paper left but going in different directions. And the pattern called for 5×12″ pieces of paper where I’ve put the stripes, but I only have 4×12″. Don’t ever feel that you need to follow a pattern exactly. They are guide, an inspiration source.

So this is a mix of papers, compliments and the cut apart sheet. I’ve stuck stickers together to make new flower clusters. Cut others apart to make two halves to spread under the title. Plus added gold glitter gems. After all, you always need glitter right? Right!

This exclusive True Love Product Collection  is only available until the end of August.

This Workshop Your Way collection can be yours for just $53.  Individual components can be ordered from your CTMH consultant.

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here on my website.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Doreen’s Blog.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting.

Danielle


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CTMH Australasian June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our June Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Kara’s blog then you are in the right place.

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s June Stamp of the Month “It’s Your Time To Sparkle.

I’ve combine the June Stamp of the Month with the True Love paper collection. These match together perfectly. Both having that “love” theme running through them.

This exclusive June Stamp of the Month  is only available during June.

It can be yours for just $8.25 with a qualifying order of $82.50 or for $29.50 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant.

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here on my website.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Lauren’s blog.

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Why I choose to Scrapbook?

Firstly, when I say Scrapbook I real mean be a memory documenter. Now you might say that you are documenting memories – Facebook, Insta, all those fun forms of social media.

But how do you share your memories with those that aren’t on those platforms? For example my children are too little for social media, but they still love to see their photos.

How do you preserve our memories for the generations to come? When the “normal” platforms of social media of now are outdated and replaced by other things.

So there are lots of ways you can document memories. The quickest and most simplest way is to do photo books. There are so many apps and programs out there online that you can use to do this.

I choose to scrapbook mine because I choose to add memorabilia, my handwriting etc. But also because the physical act of the “cut and stick” aspect of scrapbooking is totally cheaper than therapy to me. It is my time out and stress release.

Scrapbooking for me is a very social activity. Don’t get me wrong – I do scrapbook a lot at home by myself. But a lot of the time I do it with others. These people often start out as my customers with my CTMH business. But over time, as we’ve talk, looked at each others photos we’ve become friends. Others that were already my friends have got into scrapbooking because they see how much I enjoy.

During these “crafty” sessions we are always talking. Here is where it truely becomes cheaper than therapy. The women, and occasionally men, that I craft with are a huge sounding board for me. They come from lots of different walks of life, cultural backgrounds and generally all different life experiences. Someone will always have advice or just a sympathetic ear.

Only the other weekend my best friend decided to scrapbook about a crappy experience she’d had. She made an “arty layout”, so no photos, that expressed how she felt about the event. And then on the back, where no-one will see it, she wrote the entire story out. This layout may or may not stay in her album. But it certainly made her feel better.

I personally see my Scrapbooks as a Celebration of life’s achievements. The good and the bad. I’ve scrapbooked my miscarriages, the death of family and friends, weddings, births, and general day to day activities.

Later on when my great great grandchild looks at my albums they will be able to see all the details about my life, read all the important stories, and see all the “old fashioned” things we had “back then”.

Yes there is always the chance that my family later on, after I pass away, may decide not to keep my albums. But that is there choice. After all, I’ll be gone and won’t know.

The biggest thing is that I feel it is my responsibility to give them that choice. Because if I don’t document the memories now they will be lost forever once my memory is gone.

How ever you decide to document your memories, please I beg you, please get your photographs off your digital devices and into some sort of album, book, even a photo frame. Whilst we think digital devices are the be all and end all, they can fail, be lost, the file formats change and even deteriorate. Things just happen.

Plus once out in physical hard copy they are there to enjoy more often for everyone.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting.

Danielle


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CTMH Australasian Sweet Girl Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our Sweet Girl Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Creating with Kara Davies then you are in the right place. 

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s Sweet Girl Featured collection.

This card has a concertina centre that allows you to add extra stamped images or setinments. And it’s a bit of a surprise when it’s opened.

This card is very simple to make. Using one of our CTMH card bases you will need a strip of patterned paper 4 1/4″ x 12″. If you have a direction pattern you need to decide which way your card orientated (landscape or portrait) to determine which way it should go.

The score along the long side at 3″, 4″, 5″, 6″, 7″, 8″, 9″. And then fold into a concertina. Alternating Valley and Mountain Folds. See my diagram below.

The squares are 1 3/4″ of cardstock with a 1 1/2″ square of White Daisy cardstock for the stamping. My stamping was done with the S1905 Best Friends May Stamp of the Month in Charcoal Ink. And the carefully coloured using watercolour pencils, with some gentle blending with the water brush.

This exclusive Sweet Girl Paper Collection is available until the end of August. Below are some art works made by our amazing CTMH Art Department.

The Sweet Girl Workshop Your Way collection can be yours for just $56.  There is also a Deluxe Workshop Kit for $81.50. Individual components, or even a card workshop, can be ordered from your CTMH consultant. These are pictured below.

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here on my website.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Doreen Watkin’s Blog. Happy Blog Hopping.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting.

Danielle


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My Favourite Products from the new Seasonal Expressions 2 catalogue

May has started with a bang and boy has it been crazy, I’ve had no time to blog. I’m sorry. At the end of the email I’m sharing a video of some albums I’ve completed.

I’m back here now and thought I’d share with you some of my new favourite products that have come out in the New CTMH catalogue. Click here to see the full catalogue.

Funnily enough the thing that has me the most excited is the new tip for our Liquid Glass. For those familiar with this product, you’ll know that it is an awesome embellishment product (this used on top of things to create an epoxy resign type look, gives a beautiful almost glass like look on things). But it is also a very strong glue. The down side to the packaging of the product is the applicator tip – it can clog up if you’re not careful and needed to be unclogged with a pin. Thus bang CTMH have introduced an applicator tip that can replace the original tip. It has a thin metal nozzle, that then in the lid has a “pin” that goes down the nozzle to keep it from clogging up. I love it… it has changed my Liquid Glass using life (and I use it a lot in my projects for adhering all sorts of things – sequins, chipboard embellishments etc.)

Whilst talking glue it is with regret that I have to let you know that our Bonding Memories Fine Tip Glue is no longer available (note the broad tip Bonding Memories Glue is still available) – supplier no longer making them. So CTMH have been looking at products on the market that would be a similar dual purpose adhesive. They have added to our range the Tombow “Multi” Liquid Glue. This adhesive creates both permanent (wet) and removable (dry) bonds, just like the Bonding Memories. Goes on white and dries clear, it is photo-safe and acid-free.

They’ve also added the Tombow “Aqua” Liquid Glue. This glue creates strong permanent bond. Glue goes on clear and dries clear. Washable, photo-safe, and acid-free. Hehe… I might start sticking sequins to my daughters t-shirts with it – love washable. Both of these glues have a fine and broad tip.

Yes I am a little obsessed with adhesives. My husband can’t understand why a Crafter needs to many. But he knows not to question too much… hehehe…

Now you might be thinking at this point what about the new papers. Well yes they are beautiful – but for me it is all about the tools and what I can do with. Because there will always be lots of beautiful papers. But you can check them out here if you need to look ASAP.

So when it comes to tools I love a good die cut set. And CTMH have not failed to deliver. You can see all the new ones here, but some of my favourites are:

I have to admit that I am starting to absolutely love sequins. And with this catalogue CTMH have released a fabulous mutli coloured pack. Combine these with glue dots (yes another adhesive) they are very quick and easy to attach to any project you desire. Plus the colours add a great new addition to my shaker cards (and shaker pages).

Last, but not least, I’m loving a new page protector size and a new multi pack of page protectors. I’ve been combining these and a heap of flip flaps in my most recent albums. You can check out a video of these albums on my FB page (sorry – it’s a long one as I was very excited to share my trip from to the CTMH Utah Convention in 2017). The creative strategy behind these products is one of Stacy Julian’s brainwaves and lines up with her new “how-to” book that is now in our range.

Hope you like my new favourites (to add with my old favourites) and learned a few tips about using them. I will be back later this week with a new Blog Hop post. Yes I’ve joined a Blog Hop Group. It’s another step out of my comfort zone and so I joined an accountability group (fellow Aussie and NZ consultants who each month blog about projects they’ve created) to keep me blogging.

I’d love to hear what you think of the new products and even what sorts of things that you do to keep you accountable with what ever goals you have in life.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting.

Danielle


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Craft Room Make Over

Apologies for being MIA for a few weeks. But what a crazy busy Easter break we had as a family. And then I added to that a Craft Room Make Over… crazy crazy times.

I started by gutting my craft room and pulling everything out. To get a quick sneak peak at what my room looked like before go here to my FB page.

Then I re-arranged the furniture and turned my 4 seater table into a 6 seater – by adding an extra table to the length. A few modifications to my desk area and other bits and pieces.

I had a few gaps in places along the walls and needed a smaller desk (because I decided that the old one was really a dumping ground and that if I had a smaller desk I’d dump less – we’ll see how that goes).

The biggest decision I made was to not put anything back in before I at least looked through it and sorted it to some degree. I half filled the rubbish bin (in my shire in Australia these are a 80L wheelie bin) with non recyclable items. These items were also not suitable to donation or sale to others. I also 2/3 filled the 120L recycle bin. Mainly with old paperwork and things that I’d been saving for goodness knows what purpose. I have a new stash of stuff to sell at my next garage sale event. My children of course got a stash of stuff to add to their own craft room. Their craft room is the old cubby house that one weekend we turned it into their craft room. My daughter took great pleasure in painting the walls – Jackson Pollock has a rival I think. You can see the video of her creation here. Below are a few of the before photos.

As I sorted I put things away. Yes, I moved a few things around as I went, but now a week on, I’m really liking it.

I haven’t taken any photographs of it – but I did do a video. You can check it out here.

Until next time when I share with you some of the creations I’ve been making in my revamped craft room.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting.

Danielle


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Why I Choose Close To My Heart…

Disclaimer – this is a bit of a long one. Sorry. The first section tells you a bit about me. If you want to skip that scroll down to the where the photos start for simplified reasons…

I’ve always had an understanding of the joys and flexibility of running your own business from home. My parents still have the dairy farm that I grew up on. And I watched my parents work the business and be in control of their own success and also how they picked themselves up in the bad times. And at times my mum, a trained teacher, would go out and teach to supplement the income from the farm when times required it.

So I wasn’t adverse to running my own business. As a trained photographer I tried to run my own business photographing weddings, family portraits etc. Yet I didn’t (as a 21 year old) have the required skills to market and manage that.

So when I was asked if I’d consider being a Princess House consultant I decided to jump at the chance. Princess House was a company selling products made form crystal – ornaments, glasses, cook wear etc. I loved that they helped provide the marketing and resources and all I had to do was drive round to peoples houses and demonstrate the products. Over the years I’ve sold, by party plan, make up, jewellery, Tupperware (the later introduced me to the true potential of Direct Sales). These direct sales were a supplement to my day jobs.

As I began my family I knew that I didn’t want to do something that I didn’t LOVE and felt that it was hard work. Thus enter my life as a Papercrafting Consultant. I had a small customer base, mainly my friends that I liked to craft with. So we’d go to retreats, workshops, etc and have a great time and predominantly scrapbook the photos of our families.

In 2013 Close To My Heart came to Australia officially offering the chance to become an Independent Consultant. I feel in love with the products. Stamping, Bling, Paper and Glitter – what more could a crafty girl want? The beauty of CTMH is that they encourage you to make the business opportunity what you wish. They support you at every level – hobbiest, consultant, manager.

Reason 1 – the Product!

I absolutely love the product. I love the quality (I regularly describe it as the “Tupperware” of the paper craft world). I love the price point – I feel that for the quality you get it is reasonably priced.

Reason 2 – the Discount!

Who doesn’t love product at a discount? Not me. As a consultant I get a 22% discount on all my orders. This % goes up the more you sell each month. And for those that aren’t business minded you can still get a 10% discount as a Preferred Member. As an added bonus – as a consultant I get sneak previews of the products!

The discount was one of the main reasons I joined. But I’ve stayed for so many more.

Reason 3 – the Community!

From my beautiful customers (and most of these have become my good friends), fellow consultants, right up to the President of the Company. Everyone is so friendly and totally cares about you as a person. People are will to help you out with creative inspiration, plus extra besides (coffee dates, ears to listen to you when you need it etc). My crafty peeps are my TRIBE!! I feel loved and valued by them all.

Reason 4 – Training & Support

CTMH provides consultants with a FREE website that we don’t need to maintain in anyway. They provide lots of Promotional images that I can use on my social media, in newsletters, blog posts etc. So if life gets in the way I don’t need to be stressed about having to take create my own images.

Training opportunities – everything from Online training, including videos, and face to face training on all aspects of the business – creative and business focuses.

The creative training is my favourite. To match all the paper collections CTMH provide us with creative project instructions that we can use with our customers/classes. So you don’t need to create your own projects to use the product. That is a huge plus for me.

Reason 5 – the Rewards

CTMH love to reward us for the things that we do in our business. From little rewards – FREE products, product credits (to let me choose my own products), to more formal rewards (trophys etc), through to incentive trips. The later are my favourite. Last year I ticked off Rome from my bucket list. I earned a Mediterranean Cruise that was leaving from Rome. So I was able to extend our trip and explore the parts of Rome that I had studied at school (especially the Art). This year I am taking my mother in law with me to Argentina on CTMH. Next year I’m going to be taking hubby to Fiji. This is all for just working my business.

I certainly say that CTMH makes us feel appreciated.

If you’d like more info about starting your own CTMH journey you can go here or contact me.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting.

Danielle



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April Specials and Catalogue Ending

Note: I’ve added an extra special to this post that has literally been release today 15th April.

At Close To My Heart they often love to surprise us with new special limited edition product offerings mid month or even quick short sales. With 2019 being the 35th Anniversary of CTMH these Sales are popping up more often. If you haven’t already subscribed to the official CTMH email updates you can do so here. You just need to create an account and click the subscribe to newsletter box.

April is no different and I wanted to share some of the promotions with you.

The newest is the “Made With Love” collection. This comprises of a mini album workshop kit. This would be perfect for Mum, Nanna, Grandma or any important person in your life. The best bit is that the components are available separately. So the wooden album cover, stamp set, or papers can all be purchased individually.

Note the Kit comes with downloadable instructions – these include reference to Cricut Cuts. But note you can still make the album pages without a Cricut.

The next thing that has been released in a revamp of an old favourite – the Zoe Paper Collection in the CTMH Bring Back My Pack promotion. This pack has 6 sheets of paper and a 12×12 sheet of matching sticker compliments. It has been revamped to use our new co-ordinated colour range. And like the previous promotion there is a Workshop Kit option. This Kit includes instructions to make four double page layouts and six cards. There is also a matching stamp set and again all the parts can be purchased separately.

For those of you that like a fun Home Decor Project then the “Home Chipboard Monogram Project” just might be for you.

Our Monthly Specials wouldn’t be complete without the April Stamp Of The Month. Each month when you spend $82.50 on the products of your choice you are then eligible to purchase the Stamp of the Month for $8.25 (retail value $29.50, so saving $21.25). This featured stamp set changes each month.

Added – 15th April, to this specials selection is the new “Wild About Papercrafting” mini book kit. This is available until the 30th April. Great for Grandparent brag books and gifts for other people too. Love it. It uses the Something Fierce Paper Pocket Cards and Compliments.

Every quarter (4 months) Close To My Heart release a new catalogue, which means that one retires. But there is still time. Take a look here at the full catalogue/ideas book. This catalogue and the majority of the stamps, die cuts and papers will retire at the end of April.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting.

Danielle


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Pocket Scrapbooking Cards – extra versatile…

Lots of my Scrapbooking friends often turn their noses up at Pocket Scrapbooking Cards (in CTMH terms we call them Picture My Life Cards or PML Cards), as they think that they aren’t for them and their traditional 12×12″ pages.

But it simply isn’t so. This little pack of gold contains 24 double sided printed cards in a variety of 3×4″ and 4×6″ (caries from pack to pack). Some are landscape orientation, some portrait. Some have patterns and pictures, others have words/quotes/sayings. There are even some that are printed acetate and others that are water colour paper so that you can paint them to suit your project or photos. They come in a variety of themes and all our paper collections have a set of PML cards to match.

These PML cards make fabulous additions to all sizes of Scrapbooking pages – journalling boxes, embellishments, or even photo mats. I love to add them into layouts and use our Pocket Plus Pages to add a few extra photos.

Another use of PML cards is to turn them into cards. I did this recently with the Feels Like Home PML Cards. From one pack of PML cards, the matching compliments, some twine, gems and card bases, I was able to make 13 cards. Just like any cardmaking some are more simple – with the PML cards adhered onto a card front with a few embellishments, others I cut up and pieced together again. I’m really happy with the results. I hope you like them too.

If you’d like to make these yourself you are welcome too. I’ve included the instructions as a FREE download from my store. I hope you enjoy making them as much as I did.

Until next time

Happy Crafting

Danielle


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